Chaffetz Taking ‘Hard Look’ Into Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

Chaffetz Taking Hard Look Into Trumps Wiretapping Claim

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Monday that he will take a “hard look” at President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had ordered an illegal wiretap of Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign.

Chaffetz noted that he hasn’t seen any evidence yet that would support Trump’s claim, but he also hasn’t ruled anything out.

“I learned a long time ago, I’m going to keep my eyes wide open,” he said on CBS This Morning. “You never know when you turn a corner what you may or may not see. But thus far I have not seen anything directly that would support what the president has said.”

The president took to social media Saturday, comparing the alleged wiretap to Watergate. He then called on Congress Sunday to look into the matter.

Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama, denied the accusations.

In a statement, Lewis said: “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

If Trump’s allegation is true, Chaffetz believes there should be a paper trail leading to whoever authorized the wiretap.

“Look, it’s a very serious allegation. The president has at his fingertips tens of billions of dollars in intelligence apparatus,” he said. “I’ve got to believe — I think he might have something there, but if not, we’re going to find out.”

Chaffetz noted the Obama administration is “notorious” for secretive behavior.

He recalled some of the scandals that happened under Obama’s watch, most notably the IRS’s targeting of conservatives for their political beliefs and the Department of Justice’s surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen.

“I think it’s premature to say there’s no backing evidence,” Chaffetz concluded.

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